9-time grand prix bike world champion Rossi was scheduled to make his now-regular Gulf 12 Hours look in Abu Dhabi with the Kessel Racing squad in a Ferrari 488 GT3.
A category winner and general podium finisher at earlier occasions, Rossi was set to share a automotive with shut pal Alessio Salucci and half-brother and present MotoGP rider Luca Marini.
Nonetheless, Kessel Racing has confirmed Rossi was recognized as an in depth contact with somebody who examined optimistic for COVID-19 and is now in self-isolation.
Consequently, Rossi can be absent from this weekend’s Gulf 12 Hours – which is because of start with the primary apply periods on Thursday.
Salucci and Marini will nonetheless compete, with former GP3 racer and GT common David Fumanelli taking Rossi’s place.
A quick assertion from Kessel Racing learn: “Valentino Rossi is not going to attend the Gulf 12 Hours, scheduled on Saturday, eight January.
“The nine-time world champion had a contact with an individual optimistic to COVID-19 so is self-quarantined.
“Luca Marini and Alessio “Uccio” Salucci are nonetheless confirmed, and they’re going to usually race the Abu Dhabi endurance along with David Fumanelli on the Ferrari 488 GT3 #46.”
This 12 months’s Gulf 12 Hours was attributable to act as a prologue for a wider marketing campaign in GT racing in 2022 for Rossi, who retired from MotoGP on the finish of final season.
Valentino Rossi, WRT Audi R8 GT3 LMS
Picture by: Ferdi Kräling Motorsport-Bild GmbH
Rossi just lately examined an Audi R8 for World Endurance Championship squad WRT (pictured above), although is but to agency up his automotive racing plans for this 12 months.
Over time Rossi has examined Method 1 equipment, contested World Rally Championship occasions and brought half in lots of one-off GT endurance races – with the Italian eager to sooner or later compete on the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Rossi has beforehand had COVID-19, catching the virus in October 2020 and forcing him to overlook the Aragon MotoGP double-header that 12 months.
In 2022 Rossi’s VR46 squad will step as much as MotoGP with Marini and rookie Marco Bezzecchi driving Ducatis, with the staff confirming just lately that Italian finance agency Mooney can be its title sponsor – ending a months-long debacle involving Saudi Arabian oil large Aramco.